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Best European Theme Parks

With more and more theme parks adding new rides, with varying heights, speeds and degrees of daringness, choosing the best one to meet your needs is becoming increasingly difficult.

Rides are not the only factor to consider if you are comparing theme parks; food options, ease of access and parking are all factors that shouldn’t be overlooked.

1. Disneyland – France

If you want to ensure your children are happy then Disneyland should be at the top of your list. It doesn’t matter how old you are, this theme park will always give you the fairy tale feeling. Visit your favourite Disney characters, dine in 5-star restaurants and for you thrill seekers, the Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain will not disappoint.disneyland castle

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Disneyland Paris

2. Parc Astérix – France

France is giving you some good options, as Parc Astérix is another great park to enjoy for a day out. It is situated approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of Paris. The park has a variety of themed roller coasters that are linked to different historic cultures such as the Romans, the Egyptians and the ancient Greeks. There are a range of hotels next to the theme park if you wish to stay in the area, such as Hôtel des Trois Hiboux and La Cité Suspendue. These hotels are still part of the park; therefore, you feel the magic as you dine as well.

3. PortAventura – Spain

PortAventura is in the south of Spain, Salou. It certainly brings many visitors as it is the most visited theme park in Spain. This theme park is most known for its character Woody the Woodpecker, who has become well known not only in Spain but across the world.

The resort also includes Costa Caribe Aquatic Park and four hotels, so you have a range to choose from, however, these hotels are very popular, so your rooms are not guaranteed unless you book well in advance. The park is segregated into 5 themes; Mediterrània, Far West, México, China and Polynesia. You can immerse yourself in the different cultures as you explore the diverse areas with rides suitable for all age ranges. Rides such as Furious Baco and Dragon Khan are perfect for the thrill-seekers, whereas Tutuki Splash and Tomahawk, for example, will be great for the kids.

PortAventura also has a neighbour theme park called Ferrari Land, you can purchase tickets for both parks to ensure you have plenty of activities to do, however, we would recommend you spread these visits out to two days, to increase the likelihood of covering off all your favourites.portaventura rides

 Dragon Khan ride, PortAventura

4. Tivoli Gardens – Denmark

Tivoli Gardens or Tivoli in Copenhagen is the second oldest amusement park in the world and home to one of the oldest running wooden roller. Even though it was built in 1914, it is still Tivoli’s most popular ride. It is suitable for all ages, but young children must be accompanied by an adult. Tivoli is the second most popular seasonal theme park in the world, as in 2018 it gained 4.85 million people in attendance. Tivoli is different compared to the other theme parks in this article, as it has a more traditional layout compared to the other theme parks and they will not have such a long history as Tivoli.

There is plenty to choose from in terms of food, if you fancy some fast food, they have plenty of options available in the food hall.  Or if you want to make your experience more special, they have many restaurants available such as Nimb Brasserie and Nimb Bar'n'Grill.tivoli gardens theme park

Tivoli Gardens

5. Alton Towers – United Kingdom

Alton Towers is a perfect theme park if you are looking for somewhere which isn’t certain to have the best weather, but still gives you the buzz of being on holiday. There are over 40 rides to enjoy, so you will have plenty to get involved with for the day. One of these 40 rides is Wicker Man. Built in 2018,  it’s the UK’s first new wooden coaster built in over 20 years. The ride is very popular for visitors, which shows again that more traditional themes are still gaining a lot of interest when it comes to theme parks. Alton Towers doesn’t just have traditional coasters though, rides such as Rita, Oblivion, and The Smiler are all bound to get you screaming.

Alton Towers has a very well-designed restaurant that will blow you away. Diners in The Rollercoaster Restaurant will be able to see the food they ordered go along a track of loop-the-loops and spirals before reaching the table.

6. CBeebies Land – United Kingdom

CBeebies land is an extra theme park located next to Alton Towers. The park will ensure the children are having the best time as they get to meet their heroes and enjoy rides that are suited for them. There are 14 attractions in this park and a themed hotel that the children will love. The most popular rides are Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure, Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure and Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom ride.

The CBeebies Land Hotel is the only one in the UK and offers a range of entertainment throughout the day to keep families occupied. There are different style rooms that can be chosen, such as the ‘Octonauts Room’ with submarine panels and periscopes to make them feel like they are in another land. Or there’s ‘The Something Special Room’, which is set in Mr Tumbles house with many interactive features for the children to enjoy. To book your room in the hotel visit the website.

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Date Created: 14/08/2019

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